What's buzzing:

Prep Rally

Notre Dame football commit Torii Hunter Jr.’s devastating injury caught on film

Prep Rally

On Day 2 of U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices in San Antonio, Notre Dame wide receiver commit Torii Hunter Jr. broke his left femur Tuesday while running a routine route and underwent reconstructive surgery on Wednesday.

“I’ve never been around something like that," said Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell. "I’ve been around injuries. I saw LeSean McCoy break his ankle, and that was pretty horrible, and I’ve seen kids get injured pretty badly, but this was something different. You could tell by the way he went down in so much pain. Everything went silent, and everybody was like, ‘What happened?’ because it wasn’t a contact injury.

"It didn’t look like there was something where he planted and just blew out his ACL. I’ve seen kids blow out their ligaments, I’ve seen kids with dislocated knees, and there’s always a level of pain, but not like this. This was a very sobering, horrible moment, because this is a good kid. ... I’m not talking about him like his career is over, but I’m just talking about [Tuesday] that whole practice changed for everybody who saw that.”

The son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter Sr., Junior hauled in 71 catches for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns this past fall, leading Prosper (Texas) High (10-3) to the third round of the Class 4A Division II state playoffs. He's currently ranked the No. 21 wideout and No. 181 senior recruit nationally by Rivals.com.

[Also: SEC's bowl season should give Notre Dame a boost vs. Alabama]

Not only will Hunter Jr. miss Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but the Major League Baseball prospect likely won't return in time for his final prep baseball season. His recovery could take 6-8 months, his father told ESPN.

"He's a tough boy," said Torii Hunter Sr. "He's distraught right now, he's never had an injury before. I told him he'll bounce back. I know he will.

"He's seen me fight through injuries, so he knows it can happen. You just have to work hard."

Want more on the best stories in high school sports? Visit RivalsHigh or connect with Prep Rally on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Outside the Game from Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Sugar Bowl win over Florida puts L'ville's Teddy Bridgewater on map | Gear
Adrian Peterson's exploits not enough to spark fear in NFL playoffs
Y! News video: Kid finds bomb with metal detector

View Comments (962)
  • Tampa Bay Rays hit 3 homers in 12-3 victory over Toronto Blue Jays

    Tampa Bay Rays hit 3 homers in 12-3 victory over Toronto Blue Jays

    James Loney, Rene Rivera and Tim Beckham each hit a two-run homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3 on Friday night. Kevin Kiermaier also circled the bases on a four-base error as Tampa Bay earned its third consecutive … More »

    The Canadian Press - 4 minutes 2 seconds ago
  • Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

    Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • Prado's tiebreaking single in 8th helps Marlins top Nats 3-2

    Prado's tiebreaking single in 8th helps Marlins top Nats 3-2

    Martin Prado broke a tie with an eighth-inning single, and four pitchers combined on a six-hitter to help the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Friday night. The Marlins, starting a nine-game homestand, won their third in a row after … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 minutes 38 seconds ago
  • Teixeira, Pineda help Yanks end Mets' 11-game win streak

    Teixeira, Pineda help Yanks end Mets' 11-game win streak

    Mark Teixeira hit a pair of two-run homers and Michael Pineda used a biting slider while pitching impressively into the eighth inning to help the New York Yankees end the crosstown rival Mets' 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Friday night … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Hamlin dominates to win NASCAR race at Richmond

    Hamlin dominates to win NASCAR race at Richmond

    Denny Hamlin led almost from start to finish Friday night and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. He relinquished the lead for one lap to Brian Scott during a series of green-flag pit stops, then reclaimed the top … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago